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807.8 (A) Type of Work


807.8 (A) Type of Work


When registering a claim in an audiovisual work using an online application, the applicant should select “Motion Picture / AV Work” as the Type of Work. When using a paper application, the applicant should use Form PA.


Many works that contain audiovisual material also contain literary and visual arts authorship, and sometimes it is difficult to determine which type of work should be specified in the application. This is particularly true for CD-ROMs, multimedia works, and website content. As a general rule, the applicant should select the type of work that is appropriate for the predominant form of authorship in the works. For example, a videogame that is primarily audiovisual should be registered as a “Motion Picture / AV Work.” A CD-ROM that contains a collection of photographs should be registered as a visual art work. A website that predominantly contains text should be registered as a literary work.


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